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Science & Technology

An X-ray view of the heads of a worker and a soldier ant and the brains inside their head. The worker is much smaller with the brain filling more of its head.

You Have One Job: Compared to Multi-Tasking Workers, Soldier Ant Brains Small

A Drexel University study found that ant colonies evolved to spend less energy on developing the brains of soldier ants, who have relatively simple jobs, compared to multi-tasking workers.
An artist's rendering of a blazer shooting neutrinos down to sensors at the IceCube facility in Antarctica

Drexel Astrophysicist Proves the Origin of Neutrinos

With nine-and-a-half years of data and a South Pole observatory, a Drexel professor and her colleagues has shown the origin of at least some of the high-energy particles known as "neutrinos."
Mihir Shah '00 founded UE Lifesciences to develop the iBreastExam using research and support from Drexel professors and the Coulter-Drexel Translational Research Partnership Program.

Coulter-Drexel Translational Research Program Continues on Path to Succeed Through 2021

The University’s Coulter-Drexel Translational Research Partnership Program recently met the metrics to continue its innovative programming for another three years.
Adena Ellner

Confessions of a Career-Switcher

Adena Ellner, a recent graduate from the master of science in information systems and certificate in healthcare informatics programs, came to Drexel after leaving a career in the financial services industry. In a Q&A with DrexelNow, she relays what made her Drexel experience so rewarding, as well as her advice for fellow students.

ceramic materials

A Strength Supplement For Aerospace Materials

In an exciting development for the field of aerospace engineering, the lightweight materials of airplanes and rockets might soon be getting stronger. A new method for making ceramic materials — which are used in propellers and heat shields — has enabled the introduction of chemical compounds to bolster their strength and could also imbue them with other useful properties. The discovery was recently reported by researchers at Drexel University and Penn State University.

Microtubule after tau depletion

Study Challenges Approach to Treating Alzheimer's

These findings suggest that microtubule-stabilizing drugs currently in clinical trials may not be effective in treating Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases associated with the dysfunction of the protein called tau.
Four women involved with the WINS program gathered around their award certificate.

Academy's Women in Natural Sciences Program Wins White House Mentoring Award

The Women in Natural Sciences Program at the Academy of Natural Sciences has received the highest national mentoring award bestowed by the White House and the National Science Foundation (NSF), which comes with $10,000 to support its role in inspiring high school girls to pursue careers in STEM.
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Drexel's Scale-Fighting Force Field Protects Air Conditioning Systems From Mineral Deposition

Mineral deposition or scaling, is a naturally occurring phenomenon at the root of a number of problems that could menace water-cooled HVAC systems. Drexel University Professor Young Cho, PhD, who has studied the problem for decades, invented a device that can generate an electric field to ward off scaling in systems of all sizes.
Students in BIO 213

Biology Class Builds Research Skills, Autonomy in Underclassmen

Freshmen and sophomore biology students at Drexel can take the elective BIO 213, which introduces them to independent, novel research and a hands-on learning opportunity working with fruit flies.

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How Brain Signals Travel to Drive Language Performance

Using transcranial magnetic stimulation and network control theory, Drexel psychologists have taken a novel approach to understanding how signals travel across the brain's highways and how stimulation can lead to better cognitive function.
Brain AI Intelligence

Studying the Brain at Work

More than 100 experts will convene to discuss the emerging field of research, which aims to design systems for safer, more efficient operations and to advance the understanding of the relationship between the brain and everyday human tasks.
Preparation of MXene membranes

MXene’s Tour de Force

Is there anything MXene materials can’t do? Since the discovery of a large new family of two-dimensional materials by Drexel University researchers in 2011, continued exploration has revealed their exceptional ability to store energy, block electromagnetic interference, purify water and even ward off bacteria. And, as recent research now suggests, MXenes are also very durable — the strongest material of its kind, according to a new study in the journal Science Advances.

Malcom Jenkins interacting with students at Young Dragons camp in 2016.

Malcolm Jenkins Foundation Expands Partnership with Drexel for Young Dragons Summer STEAM Camp

The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation is expanding its partnership with Drexel University’s Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center and Lindy Center for Civic Engagement  to offer a summer camp for local students to learn, experiment and experience the interplay between science, technology, engineering, arts, athletics and mathematics (STEAM).